Competitions for Schools

Routes into Languages Cymru

KS3 KS4 KS5

Routes into Languages Cymru is a pan-Wales project that aims to improve the uptake of modern languages in schools. Funded by five Welsh universities and other institutions, and with two operational hubs in Cardiff University and Bangor University, Routes Cymru coordinates a number of events for language learners from year 7 to year 13. Routes Cymru’s flagship activities include:

*Student Ambassadors – Routes Cymru Student Ambasadors support outreach events and offer a variety of activities including school careers talks, language taster sessions and support careers fairs/open days.

*Lingomap – LingoMap is the successor to the award-winning ‘Adopt a Class’ scheme, redesigned to make use of new technologies and aim to reach a wider classroom audience across Wales. Follow our Language Ambassadors around the globe as they embark on their third year abroad. Tasked with writing blogs on specific topics from the GCSE exam specification, the students share personal highlights and cultural flavours from across Europe and beyond. LingoMap also provides a visual and interactive platform to show pupils the global opportunities available to them through studying languages. For further details please go to http://bit.ly/2lbTetg.

*Film Masterclasses – Covering films on the A-level curriculum for French, Spanish and German, students have the opportunity to participate in an interactive seminar with a member of our academic staff. This not only benefits the student academically, but it also gives them a real idea about how exciting and interesting it is studying languages at Cardiff University. This film season will take place during the Spring Term.

*National Spelling Bee Competition – This annual event is designed to support students in year 7 who are studying French, German, Spanish and Welsh Second Language. The competition enables pupils to improve their spelling and vocabulary, encourages correct pronunciation and most importantly raises confidence levels. The competition culminated in the Spelling Bee National Final at the end of the summer term.

info@routesintolanguagescymru.co.uk

Shape My Street Key Stage 2 National Competition

KS2

The SHAPE MY STREET competition is a key stage 2 activity that has been designed to introduce young learners to ideas about home, place and community ran by the Cardiff School of Architecture. Within structured, creative learning activities, classmates aged 7-11 will discuss which aspects of ‘home’ and ‘street’ make successful neighbourhoods. The competition activities are intended to develop understanding of the importance of design and quality in the built environment, and raise awareness of careers in design and related creative industries. To find out more or to get involved email shapemystreet@cardiff.ac.uk

shapemystreet@cardiff.ac.uk

Wales Brain Bee

KS5

Cardiff University invites teams from all schools and colleges across Wales to join the annual Wales Brain Bee competition. The aim of the Brain Bee is to motivate teenagers to learn more about the brain than they would ordinarily do within the A-Level Biology curriculum and to inspire them to consider a career in neuroscience. The event consists of a mix of practical lab work, video clips and written exercises that will encourage students to learn more about one of the most complex structures in the universe – the human brain. Each year, teams of up to 10 students compete in a series of challenges and a multiple choice written test. The highest scoring school or college will be awarded the Wales Brain Bee shield, with prizes of gift vouchers worth £50, £25 and £10 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place students. To find out more or to get involved follow the link above or email psychmedcomms@cardiff.ac.uk.

psychmedcomms@cardiff.ac.uk